Posted on November 06, 2014

As the need to adopt a sustainable social and economic model becomes more apparent for regional economies, Qatar is preparing for the next step in its journey toward inclusive growth by hosting the 2nd edition of the annual CSR Qatar. The three-day conference will take place at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel from 1st to 3rd December 2014, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced. Leading event organizer Informa Tharawat has been appointed to organize the conference.

“CSR Qatar 2014 will play a pivotal role in catalyzing business orientation towards CSR and sustainability, which we believe are evolving concepts that are yet to be fully understood or implemented by businesses,” said Reemi Rohani, Director General of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Cultivating a culture of corporate responsibility and transparency and promoting businesses’ role in driving social progress is one of the focus areas for the Chamber, and we believe forums such as CSR Qatar can provide a platform for stakeholders to share ideas and strategies on how to build a better future for all.”

Launched last year with the aim of aligning CSR initiatives with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, the conference provides an opportunity for CSR professionals to network with high-level experts from across the region. The program will have 360-degree stakeholder involvement, gathering policymakers, business leaders, CSR practitioners, academics, and key representatives from NGOs, foundations and think-tanks.

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“CSR Qatar provides a dynamic platform for organizations in Qatar and the region to unite for a common cause – of creating shared value and making a difference to the community at large,” said Hoda Abdelhay, Conference Director, CSR Qatar 2014. “By bringing together a full spectrum of CSR thought leaders and influencers, the conference aims to enhance stakeholder collaboration and develop sustainable CSR strategies that are based on proven global models but adapted to accommodate regional business sensibilities and practices."

“With a program agenda geared towards catalyzing corporate involvement in the community, this year’s conference will discuss innovative ideas and ways to enhance business contribution to sustainable development. This involves encouraging organizations to continually improve their positive impact on society while remaining committed to reducing their ecological footprint through energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly practices,” Abdelhay added.

During CSR Qatar 2014, leading organizations will share their strategy development practices, how they overcame challenges, as well as statistical measurable outcomes (SROI). The program will also focus on how CSR can support business performance, delving into the often under-recognized link between CSR, positive community relationships, and competitive advantage. The conference will feature a new session this year - “The Rising Star” - aimed at fostering the CSR leaders of tomorrow.